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Sin City ideal for MW Tournament

Sin City ideal for MW Tournament

March 23, 2015

Some say it’s time to move the Mountain West men’s basketball championship out of Las Vegas. Here are their arguments: The Thomas & Mack Center...

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Keep ineffective fans off the court

Keep ineffective fans off the court

March 16, 2015

This will be one of those opinion-based columns readers have come to hate. It’s about as welcome of an argument as writers mashing keyboards in anger...

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NFL and NCAA fail on concussions

February 16, 2015

A report that says there were fewer concussions in the NFL this year looks like good news, but it isn’t. It’s a worthless stat. The problem is that...

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Shorten winter break to keep The Show at games

Shorten winter break to keep ‘The Show’ at games

January 29, 2015

San Diego State students might have thought the conference portion of the men’s basketball schedule tipped off against the Air Force Academy last Wednesday....

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No Show for the ladies in Viejas

No ‘Show’ for the ladies in Viejas

November 10, 2014

I know a place on campus that is almost so quiet that it hurts your head. It’s a place where you have more elbowroom than a Lake Michigan beach in the...

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October was a scary good month for metal

November 7, 2014

Heavy metal observed the year’s scariest month appropriately, with releases ranging from a band returning from the dead to one trying to make sense of...

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Time to net funds for ticket sales

Time to net funds for ticket sales

November 6, 2014

Students lining up for free San Diego State men’s basketball tickets capture local TV news cameras. And for some Aztecs, it’s the reason they chose...

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Legal gambling will not sour sports

Legal gambling will not sour sports

October 27, 2014

It’s April 2017, and San Diego State is two free throws shy of winning its first National Championship in men’s basketball. With no time left on the...

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Neil Kendricks is an Aztec alumnus and lecturer.

Local film agency revived

October 23, 2014

San Diego State lecturer Neil Kendricks graduated from SDSU with a Master of Arts in Television, Film and New Media. He directed many short films during...

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Penalties put damper on Pumphrey party

Penalties put damper on Pumphrey party

October 20, 2014

It’s unbelievable when the NCAA penalizes a student-athlete for celebrating. One such celebration occurred on Oct. 10 when superstar sophomore running...

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Blame the NCAA not the zebras

Blame the NCAA not the ‘zebras’

October 13, 2014

It’s that time of year again. That time when people of normally sound minds stand in their living rooms, dorms and bars to scream at television sets...

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Finchers Gone Girl is a subpar thriller

Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ is a subpar thriller

October 7, 2014

Rating: 2 out of 4 stars Director David Fincher's tenth film, "Gone Girl," tries so hard to be both a genre-spanning and genre send-up film that it...

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Innovative SDFF film focuses on SDSU Community

Innovative SDFF film focuses on SDSU Community

October 7, 2014

Last week’s San Diego Film Festival provided an opportunity to preview unreleased movies. More than that, it provided examples for producing award-winning...

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No bawling for Bawden

No bawling for Bawden

October 2, 2014

Freshman quarterback Nick Bawden makes his first start Friday night against Aztec rival California State University, Fresno. Bawden’s turn comes after...

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Campus play starts season with a bang

Campus play starts season with a bang

October 2, 2014

San Diego State’s School of Theatre, Television and Film presents a profoundly moving rendition of “Rabbit Hole,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play examining...

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OToole pitches the softball.

Pitching ace transfers to Arizona

September 30, 2014

Softball pitching ace Danielle O'Toole has transferred to the University of Arizona, The Daily Aztec learned last Friday. O’Toole released this statement...

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SDSU, NCAA struggle with attendance

September 29, 2014

Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported a 7 percent decline in college football student attendance. Even the Power Five conferences observed a 5 percent...

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September Metal Releases that shred faces and fall short

September Metal Releases that shred faces and fall short

September 25, 2014

September begins what promises to be a busy fall 2014 for heavy metal. Let’s look at three notable album releases: “Exit Wounds” by The Haunted 4...

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Kaehler, Aztecs respected on Fox Sports 1 broadcast

September 23, 2014

While San Diego State wasn’t able to avenge last year’s last-second loss to Oregon State University, viewers of Fox Sports 1’s broadcast of the game...

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Student-athletes will act their age

September 22, 2014

About a decade ago, I was at a hotel bar in Colorado Springs while on a business trip for the U.S. Navy. To my right sat a younger couple, possibly college-aged,...

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U2’s latest album brings group to digital age

September 16, 2014

With Monday's unexpected data dump of a new full-length album, “Songs of Innocence,” add U2 to the growing list of music acts releasing records online...

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Captain America still a sub-par flick

Captain America still a sub-par flick

September 16, 2014

First, a warning: This review is spoiler-intensive. I took a second look last weekend at “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Ordinarily, I don’t...

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SDSU Marching Band

Behind the music: Marching Aztecs

September 11, 2014

San Diego State Director of Athletic Bands Bryan Ransom didn’t have to go far to find his dream job. “I have the best job in the world,” Ransom...

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Football Head Coach Rocky Long

Winning the MWC requires football perfection

September 11, 2014

My assignment: Explain why San Diego State football won’t win the Mountain West Conference. Wow, Mr. Editor, thanks for helping me make friends on...

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Catch summer TV online

September 8, 2014

Summer used to be a time for vacations, but now it’s time for more TV. Here’s a recap of some of this summer’s offerings, along with how to find...

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SDSU Womens Soccer

Helmer shoots to score as new leader

September 4, 2014

San Diego State’s women’s soccer midfielder Mariah Helmer enters her senior season with a leadership goal in sight. “This season I want to help...

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Mobile music apps hit and miss mark

September 4, 2014

I know what you're thinking. Not another article about Internet radio apps—and I hear you. There’s a mountain of reviews mingled with much hand-wringing...

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‘Aztec Football with Rocky Long’ begins

August 30, 2014

Late Thursday night, San Diego State head football coach Rocky Long stepped further into the media spotlight when Fox Sports San Diego launched “Aztec...

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Student-athlete compensation shakes up SDSU sports

Student-athlete compensation shakes up SDSU sports

August 20, 2014

Twin decisions last week supporting student-athlete compensation will drastically change Division I college football, but not college basketball. Let’s...

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An early look at the Aztec Football team

August 15, 2014

San Diego State’s football team finished its first week of practice by frustrating head coach Rocky Long. “We don’t do anything right,” Long...

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Empty Qualcomm stifles SDSU football success

Empty Qualcomm stifles SDSU football success

August 4, 2014

San Diego State football kicks this month, poised to push its bowl streak to five. USA Today ranks SDSU at No. 58, Lindy’s Sports picks the Aztecs as...

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I Believe chant is not SDSUs to keep

“I Believe” chant is not SDSU’s to keep

July 21, 2014

By now, most know that Aztec Shops wants to trademark the “I believe we will win” chant. This idea is as misguided as President Barack Obama who, during...

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End the TV blackout for SDSU baseball and softball

July 8, 2014

I have this dream. Sometime before I die or graduate—whichever comes first—I want to buy either a San Diego State baseball or softball jersey from...

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OToole pitches the softball.

Aztec softball needs Mountain West support

July 2, 2014

It seems crazy to label San Diego State’s softball team as an underdog. After all, it won 40 games and the Mountain West Championship this year. Yet...

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GI Bill should be a ticket to State

April 30, 2014

Navy veteran Eric Johnson’s denied transfer application to San Diego State for the Fall 2014 term highlights two nationwide university enrollment problems....

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SDSU shows maturity in NCAA pandemonium

SDSU shows maturity in NCAA pandemonium

April 15, 2014

Rare is the opinion column in praise of an issue or event. But San Diego State sports fans deserve kudos following a couch-fire season without a single...

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Use Blackboard, save Earth

Use Blackboard, save Earth

March 25, 2014

The U.S. Navy issued a paperless decree during the 1990s. That is, all forms—of which, there is a legion—were to be prepared and stored electronically....

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Muema takes leap of faith out of NFL combine

Muema takes leap of faith out of NFL combine

February 26, 2014

Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema captured more media attention during the NFL Scouting Combine than what is expected from a projected late...

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NCAA must support athletes’ rights

February 24, 2014

The unionization movement by college football players is misguided. Advocacy via the NCAA already exists. The problem is, it’s a role the NCAA neglects....

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SDSU should ban the on-campus smoking ban

SDSU should ban the on-campus smoking ban

February 11, 2014

San Diego State’s campus-wide smoking ban appears grounded in common sense. After all, the dangers of smoking are well known. [quote]Nonetheless, I’m...

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Reactionary coverage of mass shootings is irresponsible

September 25, 2013

News consumers expect professionalism and answers from media outlets. This is never truer than during times of crisis, when even those not accustomed to...

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California criminalizes cyber revenge

September 18, 2013

Inspired by a teenage suicide, the California State Legislature passed a “cyber revenge” bill on Sept. 11. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate Bill...

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Online courses fail to connect with quality education

August 28, 2013

I come here not to bury online courses but to yield to them. It's not like I have a choice now that the California State University system believes online...

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Summer courses almost offer what students need

July 22, 2013

I ask for advice less than I ask for directions—and I never ask for directions. I’ll walk holes into Home Depot’s floor before asking a worker where...

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Time Warner strikes out Padres in cable negotiations

April 19, 2013

Let’s play word association. Name the first five things that come to mind that symbolize San Diego. Mine are the beach, zoo, SeaWorld, San Diego State...

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Romance in the workplace doesn’t pay off

April 8, 2013

The minimum financial cost for my indiscretion is $48,000. That’s money not going to my son, who is fighting leukemia, or to my family’s college fund....

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Plate scanners give cops license to spy on drivers

March 26, 2013

A motorist driving anywhere in San Diego County is likely to meet at least one police car. Usually, this makes drivers check their speed. But drivers...

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Combat terrorism with respect, not invasions

March 21, 2013

In “The Princess Bride,” our hero, the man in black, receives sage advice from his enemy, Vizzini. By proclaiming that one should never get involved...

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Forget baseless fantasies about a moral Golden Age

March 7, 2013

It’s sad when a once-proud institution is reduced by bad management into a punch line. Such is the fate of U-T San Diego since its purchase by Doug Manchester....

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Kids today don’t know anything about being young

March 5, 2013

It was at the start of class when my ears honed in on ageism springing from the lips of a classmate. He was describing to his friend an encounter he had...

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Act now to stop environmental destruction

February 24, 2013

America’s reaction to the rising sea level is even more disappointing than the San Diego State’s men’s basketball season. Or I should say, our non-reaction...

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Killing is not the answer to bison expansion

Killing is not the answer to bison expansion

February 4, 2013

The American bison and the bald eagle are two animals emblematic of the U.S. Yet, both were almost exterminated from the country because of egregious human...

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Marines and sailors ‘blow’ away their futures

January 30, 2013

Earlier this month, U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled two individual alcohol abuse monitoring programs designed to “deter and educate” Marines...

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Legalize prostitution to protect youth from killers & STDs

January 23, 2013

T he idea behind legalized abortion is a woman’s right to choose. Alternatively, she can receive living expenses while placing her unborn baby up...

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Older students face steep college learning curve

December 2, 2012

I was wrong. I don’t admit this often. This college semester—my first in a traditional campus since (gulp) 1989—nears its end and I’m forced to...

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Take government out of marriage to ensure equality

November 25, 2012

The Washington Post’s Nov. 22 issue includes an article about Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Morgan...

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Mandatory service would benefit all Americans

November 13, 2012

I went to basic training twice. Everyone should attend at least once. Its value comes from more than clichés of patriotism and discipline, which can...

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Genome sequencing creates ethical dilemas

November 7, 2012

In simpler times, parents faced one neonatal choice: whether or not to know the baby’s sex. Since then, science advanced and now whole genome sequencing...

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Right to rent and resell threatened

October 18, 2012

We are being gouged everywhere we shop. Today, everything costs more than it should. Those costs will continue to increase if book publisher John Wiley...

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Parents responsible for declining SAT scores

October 8, 2012

SAT scores have dropped again. According to The College Board, a not-for-profit educational advocacy organization, revealed that only 43 percent of high...

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GOP deserts war vets

October 1, 2012

A chill returns to San Diego’s morning air, hinting the warmer-than-usual summer is nearing an end. Unfortunately, the chill in the chambers of the...

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Business ethics are the key to preventing future crises

September 5, 2012

Leaving my Philosophy 101 class, I overheard a classmate bemoan the philosophical nature of the class. Clearly he didn’t think it through before...

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Remember our troops

August 27, 2012

Last week marked the deaths of 2,000 service members in Afghanistan. Combining the 4,486 killed in Iraq and the 59,515 wounded in both theaters of...

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Voting restriction laws disenfranchise young voters

August 20, 2012

It’s Election Day and a line of Americans snakes through a musty auditorium, anxious to decide the direction of the nation. Suddenly, a police squad...

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Gun licenses aren’t enough

August 5, 2012

The start of school is a time for hope: a successful year, a great roommate, adventures and friendships that’ll stand the test of time. Lately, it’s...

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For-profit colleges rip off indebted students

July 23, 2012

Some call it the future of education, others a capitalistic behemoth running amok with little concern for its customers. Either way, for-profit colleges...

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Obama’s decision to protect young Dreamers benefits all Americans

July 8, 2012

Once upon a time in America, we were all immigrants. Yet today, it’s no longer the tired, poor and huddled masses making their way into the land of milk...

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